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Creativity is not an atom

Ideas are like atoms. By themselves they’re incapable of creating a spark. Interaction with other elements is essential for a chemical reaction.

Energy, however vast its potential, must engage its environment in order to produce an effect.

Thoughts have power, but that power is only realized through self-efficacy and self-expression.

Creativity is not an atom. It’s a molecule composed of thinking AND doing.

It doesn’t mean anything until you choose it

“We are our choices.” -Jean-Paul Sartre

We are set apart not by the size of our wanting, but by the intensity of our doing.

“What do I want?” reveals my fantasies but determines nothing.

“What am I willing to pay?” reveals my character and determines everything.

A man’s life equals what he actually chooses to create. Beyond that, there is nothing else.

Without focused action, a life and its dreams are condemned to the status of an aimlessly wandering ghost with neither a voice to tell its story nor a body with which to make its presence felt.

 

The Law of Attraction ends with “action”

“When we make a beginning, we get out of our own way and allow the angels to come in and do their job.” – Steven Pressfield, The War of Art

There are discoveries we make and treasures we gain from being actively involved in the creative process that we simply can’t get by sorting things out inside of our heads.

There’s a magic that is unique to action.

When we set things in motion, we disrupt the patterns of inertia in our lives and we create ripple effects which give rise to new options and opportunities.

The power of the undivided self

We create our own reality, but “we” refers to our multidimensional selves.

We are not brains in a vat and a purely mental life will never satisfy us. We are psychosomatic entities who were created to experience life with our hearts, minds, and our bodies.

It is when we engage the world with our complete and undivided self that we realize our full creative potential.

In the absence of resistance, action is natural

Physical action is not opposed to faith in the creative power of thought.

Physical action is what we naturally do when we release limiting, disempowering, and resistant beliefs about what’s going to happen to us when we dare to grab life by the jugular.

When we know that our activity is supported by the Universe, we no longer suppress our natural tendency to take action on our dreams.

Play like a pro

The amateur attempts to figure out all the answers before he acts. The professional begins with the knowledge that answers are invented and improvised along the way by those who create their own path.

The amateur looks for guarantees before he acts. The professional moves forward with confidence that the Universe will expand in order to accommodate the faith he expresses in his vision.

We are professionals in this game of life. There’s no need for us to play with timidity.

Take a shot at your dreams. It’s time to step out there and be the champion that you know you are.

I’m rooting for you.

Cheers,

T.K. Coleman

Action or Alignment?

In the fields of self-help, personal development, and spirituality, there are two schools of thought concerning how desires are most effectively manifested; Action & Alignment.

Action is usually understood in terms of physical discipline. It involves doing the work and taking the practical steps necessary to bring an idea into fruition. This perspective is brilliantly represented in such books as “The War of Art” by Steven Pressfield and “Poke the Box” by Seth Godin.

Alignment refers to the process of selecting thoughts that are in agreement with ones desires. It can also be expressed as a state in which one focuses their attention in an empowering or encouraging way. The notion of alignment typically coincides with the ideas of “emotional guidance” and the “law of attraction.” Emotional guidance is the notion that your feelings function as a feedback mechanism or internal navigation tool which lets you know if you’re focusing your attention in a life-giving way or not.

When you feel resistant emotions, that’s an indicator from your guidance system that you are thinking in a disempowering or discouraging manner. Since the Law of Attraction teaches that we attract what we predominantly feel, the best way to manifest a desire is to habitually entertain thoughts which induce positive emotional states. This perspective is beautifully elucidated in books like “The Astonishing Power of Emotions” by Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham), “The Vibrational Universe” by Kenneth James MacLean, and “Thought Vibration” by William Walter Atkinson.

In some circles there is a debate as to which method is the preferred way to “get stuff done.” Should we follow the “no pain, no gain” mantra or should we focus mostly on alignment and allow the law of attraction to deliver the results to us?

As an avid student of metaphysics, I have a huge soft spot for words like the following:

“We do not create through action. Action is how you experience and enjoy what you attract through the alignment of energy.” – Esther & Jerry Hicks (The Teachings of Abraham)

BUT….

Is that really all there is to the story? What about old fashioned hard work? Isn’t there SOMETHING to be said about excercising initiative and making things happen? Isn’t there something we all recognize as noble when a parent wakes up really early to take care of their child even though they don’t feel like it? Isn’t there something admirable about the person who “forces himself” to get out there and go jogging because he’s committed to being healthier?

What are your thoughts?

In tomorrow’s post, I’ll give you a few of mine.

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